Baltimore’s History and Geography
Baltimore is the largest city in the State of Maryland, and is the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic. Baltimore has more public monuments than any other city per capita in the country and is home to some of the earliest National Register historic districts in the nation, including Fell's Point, Federal Hill and Mount Vernon Place. More than 65,000 properties -- roughly one in three buildings in the city -- are listed on the National Register, more than any other city in the nation.
Before your move to Baltimore, it is important to note its unique geography. With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore is fondly referred to as "a city of neighborhoods". Famous residents have included the writers Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Hamilton, Frederick Douglass, and H.L. Mencken; jazz musician James "Eubie" Blake; singer Billie Holiday; actor and filmmaker John Waters; and baseball player Babe Ruth. In the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner, later the American national anthem, in the city.
Life in Baltimore
Almost a quarter of the jobs in the Baltimore region are in science, technology, engineering and math, in part attributed to its extensive undergraduate and graduate schools, from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore International College, Loyola University, and many more outstanding private and public institutions.
If you’re moving to Baltimore with an empty stomach, do not fret. Cuisine and beer-making fill out the Baltimore foodie scene. Baltimore has quite a history when it comes to making beer, an art that thrived in Baltimore from the 1800s to the 1950s with over 100 old breweries in the city's past. The best remaining example of that history is the old American Brewery Building on North Gay Street and the National Brewing Company building in the Brewer's Hill neighborhood. In the 1940s the National Brewing Company introduced the nation's first six-pack. National's two most prominent brands, were National Bohemian Beer colloquially "Natty Boh" and Colt 45. Listed on the Pabst website as a "Fun Fact", Colt 45 was named after running back #45 Jerry Hill of the 1963 Baltimore Colts and not the .45 caliber handgun ammunition round. Both brands are still made today.
Beyond brew, Baltimore is known for its Maryland blue crabs, crab cake, Old Bay Seasoning, pit beef, and the "chicken box." The city has many restaurants in or around the Inner Harbor. The Little Italy neighborhood biggest draw is the food. Fells Point also is a foodie neighborhood for tourist and locals and it is where the oldest continuously running tavern in the country is "The Horse You Came In On Saloon.”
Baltimore is the ideal place to move for sports fanatics. Right along with the Brews, sports are a keen focus in Baltimore and have been forever. Baltimore’s baseball history, including its distinction as the birthplace of Babe Ruth in 1895. Ruth played for the minor league Baltimore Orioles team, which was active from 1903 to 1914. After playing one season in 1915 as the Richmond Climbers, the team returned the following year to Baltimore, where it played as the Orioles until 1953. The team currently known as the Baltimore Orioles has represented Major League Baseball locally since 1954 when the St. Louis Browns moved to the city of Baltimore. The Orioles advanced to the World Series in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979 and 1983, winning three times (1966, 1970 and 1983), while making the playoffs all but one year (1972) from 1969 through 1974. And football has seen decades of teams move in and out. The NFL returned to Baltimore when the former Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. Since then, the Ravens won a Super Bowl championship in 2000 and 2012, and four AFC North division championships (2003, 2006, 2011 and 2012).